Welcome to the Aviation History and Resources website!
Welcome to the Aviation History and Resources website. We firmly believe that an appreciation of the history of aviation in this country, and worldwide, better equips us to make decisions regarding the future of aviation, and the country's numerous airfields and aerodromes. Governments regularly commission Regional Air Service studies, along with a range of high level strategic studies, to look at different aspects of the industry.
The general outcome of such studies is the forecast of rising demand for air travel over the next 30 years, and a consideration of how and where this demand can be met. It is our belief that the variety of aircraft types and the range of historically significant airfields and aerodromes we have in this country can play some role in meeting this demand, and in this way these forgotten aviation resources can become rejuvenated, and returned former glory.
The Future of Aviation
In general terms, the Government must ensure that the UK has sufficient airport capacity, where it is needed and when it is needed. This would ensure that passengers and freight can continue to enjoy the freedom to fly and to reap the economic and social benefits of air travel that enhance the UK's competitiveness. We support the Government's agenda for the sustainable development of aviation, which it set out in 'The Future of Aviation' consultation document published in December 2000. The four key principles were summarised as maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment, social progress which recognises the needs of everyone, effective protection of the environment, and prudent use of natural resources. This latter is important. We have in this country a wealth of old WW2 airfields that can be put to use rather than be left forgotten. The Government intends to encourage international access to regional airports, thereby reducing reliance on the London airports. We believe that this policy would ensure regional regeneration and competitiveness and increase passenger convenience by minimising unnecessarily long journeys to airports.
Factors to Consider
We suggest that the following points should be taken into account when considering where future demand should be met: the degree to which airports currently serve demand from within their catchment area; the benefits that an airport can bring to the regional economy; the degree to which the airport can play a part in regional regeneration; the accessibility of the airport by different modes of transport and the implications of airport growth for the transport network; and the local, national and global impacts of aviation on the environment and on people and how well an airport can manage those impacts.
We accepts that air travel has environmental costs and that these must be met through measures to mitigate, or compensate for, its impact. This in itself will result in some lowering of the level of demand that has to be met. However, we believe that, provided air travel does meet its environmental costs, demand should not be artificially limited, as this would damage the UK's international position; UK airports must remain competitive with European airports for the benefit of UK plc.